Aston Villa’s new manager Steve Bruce will have thrilled the fans with his latest comments, as The Birmingham Mail quotes the Englishman as stating Villa are the biggest side he’s managed.
The Manchester United legend has managed to turn things around for Aston Villa in his first three games with the club, remaining unbeaten in all of his matches so far and securing back-to-back wins over Reading and Fulham, with the former being Villa’s first victory on the road in over a year.
Bruce has a long history in management and has led Birmingham City and Hull City to the Premier League via promotion, as well as leading the Tigers to an FA Cup final, and has also led Wigan Athletic valiantly.
However, Bruce believes Villa are the biggest club he’s managed and stated leading the Villains back to the Premier League would be the biggest achievement of his managerial career.
“It was a no-brainer, everyone wants to manage in the Premier League, Villa though are one of the big clubs in this country. There is a new board here and a new owner, they can turn things around.”
“There are good people in charge and we need to turn the juggernaut around. It’s a big thing when nine or ten players come in, they have done well elsewhere and they come to club with a horrible hangover.”
“The club needed a good start and didn’t get it, the new players got dragged into that. There is plenty of potential here, there are so many good players, but it’s a big club and the expectation has to be dealt with.”
“It’s a tough league, fiercely competitive and physically there is nothing between the Championship and the Premier League. The games come thick and fast, there is no gulf in class, it’s an honest and genuine league and anyone can beat anyone.”
“This would be my biggest promotion if I can get it back up and running, this is the biggest challenge and club I have tackled in 20 years of management.”
Villa’s revival under Bruce has seen them climb to 16th in the Championship and they sit six points off the promotion places, making the club’s next five games against Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers, Brighton, Cardiff and Leeds extremely important.
Three of those five fixtures see them tackle sides that are above them and that are also battling for a place in the play-offs, so it could be make or break for Villa’s campaign.
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